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2019 Q2 Review and Outlook

The second quarter of 2019 was signified by a lot of ups and downs and ended higher than where it started – which is pretty much the story of the last twelve months, only on a smaller scale.  (link below)

2019 Q1 Review and Outlook

Optimism returned to the markets during the first quarter, following the broad selloff and negative sentiment that struck investors at the close of 2018. The rebound generated the highest quarterly returns in a decade, with the S&P 500 delivering a 13.7% total return year to date and 17.2% since the previous low on 12/24. Global…

2018 Q3 Review and Outlook

Two big areas of uncertainty continue to hang over U.S. equity markets and are now joined by a third. While trade policy and Federal Reserve interest rate policy remain among the largest concerns for markets, the approaching midterm elections and associated political uncertainty have started to gain investors’ attention…

2018 Q2 Review and Outlook

Fears of tariffs continued to dominate headlines even as U.S. equity markets turned positive in the quarter and year-to-date. All market capitalizations were positive, with small caps leading the way returning 7.8% in the second quarter and 7.7% so far in 2018. Large caps also gained, with the S&P 500 rising 3.4% for the quarter…

2018 Q1 Review and Outlook

Normalcy finally returned to equity markets in the first quarter, ending nearly two years of calm and leaving investors feeling unsettled. January started much the same as 2017 ended, with equity markets advancing relentlessly and extending the historic period of low market volatility and length of time without a double-digit decline…

The Market Downturn

Comments from our Investment Group   The U.S. stock market, at this writing is down 8% from its recent high. As we have discussed in the past, it is not unusual for a Bull Market to have a 5% to 10% correction every few quarters. The surprise is the rapidity of the decline. It has…

2017 Q4 Review and Outlook

The calendar turns over to 2018 leaving behind one of the least volatile years for equity markets in history. The S&P 500 returned 21.8% in 2017, finishing the fourth quarter up 6.6%, with a intra-year dip of only 3%…

Why Fiduciary Standards Should Matter To You.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new Fiduciary Rule is intended to address conflicts of interest that permeate the financial industry.  Although many of our peers have had to alter their business practices to comply with the rule, nothing will change here at The Trust Company of Virginia.  Find out what the new rule intends…

2017 Q3 Review and Outlook

Nearing the end of the year creates a natural inclination to reflect on where the markets have been, where they are, and where they may be in the future. In the third quarter the song remained very much the same as previous quarters…